Using music technology to create music is both fun and exciting for students. This year at RPS we have been focusing on music technology on our Ipads, using Audio Recorder. Audio Recorder is a program within Garage Band. This has to be one of the most user friendly music programs available and it’s user friendly status allows young students to easily project their ideas into a song or radio advert.
The radio advert project was designed to teach students how to record live sounds and also import pre-recorded sounds. The advert had to have the following sections:
- A music jingle, simple and effective.
- A call sign (Where the radio station name is announced).
- The basic message: ‘We are a healthy school”.
- The secondary message (an explanation of the healthy school project)
- A sign off: ‘this was bought to you by Rangeway Radio Station”
Students then learned to edit their advert by cutting and pasting their recorded sounds and adding effects. Finally the advert was mixed. The project took 5 weeks and many students completed a very good advert and demonstrated all of the advert sections.
Assessment included students writing a brief log of their ideas, discussion and the final advert. A big focus of the project was mutual respect for each others music, the exchanging of ideas and collaboration. I was very surprised with the end results and how quickly students took to the program and began to master the editing features. I believe we may have some budding Mark Ronsons ready to unleash their talents on the World.
Composing A Song- SONGWRITING
Stage two of student music technology development is the song writing project. Composing a radio advert taught students how to use the Audio Recorder software and now they are ready to start composing songs. The emphasis of this project is song structure and the sections of a band.
Students need to include:
- Drums (RHYTHM)
- Bass line
- guitar/Keyboards (CHORDS/MELODY)
- Singing (VOCALS)
At this stage they are learning about song styles and experimenting with sounds. Experimenting and collaborating are essential skills for any musician. We enjoy watching the students explore, and the excitement when they discover new ideas and hear their ideas come to fruition.
Students busily trying different ideas and discussing sounds
We look forward to updating this blog with some completed student songs.